NIST Radiation Physics Building 245 Program & Study
Building 245 (Radiation Physics Building): Feasibility study to determine the optimal future use for the 210,000sf Radiation Physics Building, constructed as the first research facility built on the NIST Gaithersburg campus in 1962. The combination laboratory and office building consists of six wings housing highly specialized spaces including accelerators, large source irradiators, a medical industrial radiation facility, and a Synchrotron dedicated to the study of Ultraviolet Radiation. It continues to provide standards for radiation measurement that are of prime importance to United States government agencies and private industries throughout the nation and the world. Stakeholders in the work conducted in Building 245 include, but are not limited to, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the American National Standards Industry (ANSI), private clients in the semiconductor industry and private clients in the field of nuclear medical imaging.
As part of the Feasibility Study, a Program of Requirements (POR) was developed consisting of three main parts: An existing conditions summary, a deficiencies report, and a space requirement assessment. The existing conditions summary sets forth the feasibility study team’s understanding of the facility based on building surveys, interviews with NIST personnel, and review of related NIST provided documents. The deficiencies report categorizes and prioritizes shortcomings in the existing conditions which, to varying degrees, require remediation in order for the research in Building 245 to continue as efficiently as possible. The deficiencies report includes recommendations for remediating each deficiency. Options with estimated costs are included in order to allow NIST to make informed decisions regarding the future use of Building 245.